StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 The staple for lagers: nice hops and bitterness. Robust enough that the floral spices and sweet traces are merely accents to the bigger picture rather than leading ladies. Respectable.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nicely constructed, white head on an orangey amber beer with many medium-sized bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is not as rich and hoppy as usual. This time it hints at the hoppiness typical in the aroma but shows more toastiness in aroma. Good body with a nice noble hop flavor, a toasty malt flavor and a lightly winey, licorice-like palate.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I like some of the other Sam Adams brews better than this one. Kind of forgettable. Some hops peer through to try and make me remember it, but nope, it’s hard to get this Hoppy girls attention with that. Slightly sweet malts and mild mild mild in everything. Not terrible for a macro though.
excel (3) - nabb, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2004 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
one of the best beers that i have ever had. i rate it second in beers that i drink all of the time. 1st -mission street.
shrubber85 (9946) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Bottle. Subtle malt and hops aroma. Light amber color with moderate head. Moderate bready malt and hop finish. Had a sample at the Boston brewery - so much better fresh. Still usually the best choice availble at most chain restaurants.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I recall in the late 90’s, my regular visits to NY meant drinks on tap at the Tall Ship Bar, that used to be part of the Mariott Hotel in Manhatten. Alas, the bar went when the twin towers collapsed, and hence that was my last taste of Sam Adams....until now that is. I now find myself sampling it again, this time in a nice brown bottle. It pours honey brown, with light sweet malt flavours, and with plenty of nicely rounded hops to finish. Glad to say the bottle version is as good as the tapped one.
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Golden with a HUGE head. Quite hoppy with a biting finish. Not a bad beer if you enjoy hoppy beers.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark golden colour with fine dense white head. Aroma has some sweetness with hints of caramel, but also a nice hoppy touch. Flavor starts sweet, ends with a nice bitter hoppyness.
gatsby15 (16) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first rating...
Bottle, I really like the colour on this beer, a nice amber colour, a bit sweet at first but finishes bitter.
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells slightly hoppy, not overpowering. Tastes with a slight hop, nice amber color, and always available wherever I go. Of the macro-brewed beers, this is always my favorite lager.